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We exist to help the youngest members in our community to begin their walk with God for the rest of their life.

This is a ministry specifically designed with children in mind! We desire to teach kids in fun and age-appropriate ways the truth about God and His love for them, to shepherd them to know and love Him personally, and to know how to share that love with others.

WHEN does it take place?

Every Sunday morning at 10am during our Sunday Gathering time!  Children in the Nursery Class (babies who aren't yet walking) and Walkers Class (walking one year olds) can be taken to their classes as early as 9:50am. All other children are welcome to join their parents in the gym until children are dismissed to their classes.

WHERE is it located? 

All Kids LIFE classes meet at Flint Hills Christian School, where we meet for our regular Sunday Gatherings.


are you interested in helping our children walk with God?

It takes a lot of people to care for our infants through 6th graders every week. Kids LIFE workers are background checked and are over the age of 12. They can serve by cuddling babies, playing with toddlers, teaching a class, or helping in a classroom.

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This group is for anyone who wants to stay connected with KidsLIFE at New Hope Church in Manhattan, Kansas! I hope it will be a great resource for upcoming events and reminders, parent resources, and to help you stay connected with what our children are learning about Jesus. I also really hope to create another place for people to pursue relationships that change the world!
 

Class

Nursery through Pre-K

This year, your child will be studying God’s truth using The Beginner’s Bible in their classroom. We will take the children through key stories in the Old Testament during most of the first semester, and start the New Testament just in time for Jesus’ birth for our Christmas Celebration. We will focus on how God is the hero of each and every story, and how each story is part of the whole rescue plan that God has in place for His people. There are three key truths we focus on throughout all of preschool: God loves me, God is powerful, and God wants to be my friend.

We have chosen this popular children’s Bible, as a desire to partner with New Hope families by using a resource that is readily available. If you are interested in purchasing this Bible, it will be available on the Resource Table for $10 on Sunday morning, as well as online and in bookstores. We recognize that the responsibility, as well as the privilege, of nurturing the faith of children rests primarily on parents. Parents have the greatest opportunity for teachable moments—everyday situations in which the truth of God’s Word can be applied. Faith nurturing should not be seen primarily as a classroom experience, but rather as a consistent weaving of spiritual truth into everyday life. New Hope desires to partner with parents, and choosing a resource that might already be on your bookshelf could allow you to connect better with what your children are learning, allowing you to feel more equipped to talk to your children about Truth. I urge you to consider purchasing this children’s bible (or any others!) to have at your own home if you don’t already own a copy. What a wonderful opportunity to reinforce the lessons being learned at Kids LIFE.

Nursery & Walkers

Point Person: Leah Stutzman

Twos Class

Point Person/Lead Teacher: Sandy Winter
Lead Teacher: Aaron Clanton

Threes Class

Point Person/Lead Teacher: Mindi Sturm
Lead Teacher: Anna Neilson

Fours/PreK Class

Point Person/Lead Teacher: Lacee Hogg
Lead Teacher: Keri Mills

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Class

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

This year, your child will be studying the curriculum Jesus, What a Savior! Our children (like us) are helpless sinners, deserving of God’s eternal wrath. Children need to hear this truth so that they, like us, can turn to the perfect and only remedy—the free gift of salvation through Jesus the Savior! Each lesson in Jesus, What a Savior! is designed to present the material, including Bible stories, in a way that proclaims the centrality of the greatness and worth of God. This chronological study on redemption focuses on God’s revelation of His Son, Jesus, as the one and only hope for desperate sinners—the good news of the Gospel!

This curriculum uses selected Bible stories presented chronologically to present these key redemptive themes:

  • the incomparable greatness and worth of God, who is to be desired and treasured above all things;

  • the desperate condition of sinners, who have fallen short of treasuring the glory of God and are helpless to save themselves;

  • the all-sufficient work of Jesus on the cross to save sinners who put their trust in Him.

Finally, our prayer is that through the presentation of the Scriptures, the explanation of the gospel, and the work of the Holy Spirit, the children will recognize their own sin and helplessness, and turn and embrace Jesus Christ as their only hope, and be reconciled to God through His shed blood on the cross!

Clearly the responsibility, as well as the privilege, of nurturing the faith of children rests primarily on parents. Parents have the greatest opportunity for teachable moments—everyday situations in which the truth of God’s Word can be applied. Faith nurturing should not be seen primarily as a classroom experience, but rather as a consistent weaving of spiritual truth into everyday life. Children will take home a worksheet each Sunday so that Kids LIFE can partner with you. We hope that you will be able to use these sheets as a resource for your child’s spiritual development, asking them about what they learned, and helping them apply those truths to their own life.

Point Person/Lead Teacher: Cara LeMoine

Lead Teacher: Carmen Classen

Class

2nd and 3rd Grade

This year, your child will be studying the curriculum In the Beginning…Jesus. The Bible is one complete, true story. Although it consists of 66 separate books, which make up the Old and New Testaments, it has one central and comprehensive message. What is this message? The saving work of God to reconcile sinners to Himself through Jesus Christ, that God may be glorified forever. Because Jesus is central in God’s eternal plan of salvation, Jesus is central in the entire Bible, from start to finish. Although Jesus is not mentioned by name in the Old Testament, His presence is everywhere. In fact, the purpose of the Old Testament is to set the stage for Jesus’ arrival.

In the Beginning…Jesus was written to assist children in understanding the “big picture” of the Bible. The curriculum has been designed to help children see that the focus of the Bible centers around the Person and work of Jesus. Through this study we hope that children will better comprehend the intentional flow of the Bible – the progressive revelation of God’s plan of redemption and the eternal, sovereign nature of that plan. Furthermore, by beginning the study with Jesus and His death on the cross, we will emphasize the necessity of Jesus in fully understanding the Old Testament.

Finally, our prayer is that through the presentation of the Scriptures, the explanation of the gospel, and the work of the Holy Spirit, the children will recognize their own sin and helplessness, and turn and embrace Jesus Christ as their only hope, and be reconciled to God through His shed blood on the cross!

Clearly the responsibility, as well as the privilege, of nurturing the faith of children rests primarily on parents. Parents have the greatest opportunity for teachable moments—everyday situations in which the truth of God’s Word can be applied. Faith nurturing should not be seen primarily as a classroom experience, but rather as a consistent weaving of spiritual truth into everyday life. Children will take home a worksheet each Sunday so that Kids LIFE and parents can partner together. Please use these sheets as a resource for your child’s spiritual development, asking them about what they learned, and helping them apply those truths to their own life.

Point Person: Kira Buser

Lead Teacher: Molly Burgess

Lead Teacher: Mat Bishop

Lead Teacher: Rudy MILLS

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Class

4th through 6th Grade

What does it mean to be a Christian? Contemporary culture has a very broad, fluid definition, one that easily adapts and conforms to changing norms and sensibilities. Numerous studies and polls attest to this by the high number of people who profess and identify as “Christians” while, at the same time, they deny and reject basic doctrines of the Christian faith. Knowing, embracing, and living out essential, unchanging, non-negotiable truths is radically out of step with the world. Yet, this last statement is the one that truly defines and shapes what it means to be a Christian. It is with this in mind that To Be Like Jesus has been written.

The Church must be forthcoming and biblically thorough with our children and youth about the true meaning of the Christian life. We must provide intelligible and biblically sound explanations regarding the truth about who God is, what He is like, our identity as God’s image bearers, our duty to glorify God, the nature and purpose of God’s law, the depths our depravity and condemnation, the person and work of Christ, the essence of salvation, and the necessity of holiness in the Christian life evidenced by a growing confomity to Jesus and His ways. Apart from knowing and embracing these essential truths, our children and youth will never experience true, lasting joy. Yes, eternal joy is at stake. The command “to be like Jesus” (Romans 8:29, Ephesians 4:24) is a call to know, honor, and treasure God through Christ, so that we might glorify God and enjoy Him forever. That is what it means to be a Christian! May our children and youth come to know and embrace the glorious reality.

The primary responsibility and privilege of nurturing the faith of the next generation rests on parents. As parents, you have the greatest influence in your child’s life and are afforded daily opportunities to instruct them in the Christian faith. Furthermore, you are the best suited and equipped to take advantage of “teachable moments” in which to God’s truth to everyday life. It is within this context that true spiritual transformation usually takes root in a child’s life. To help you nurture your child’s faith and maximize the benefit of this study, your child will bring home a handout each week.

Point Person: Sharon Grogan

Lead Teacher: Brian Sturm

Lead Teacher: David Hogg

 Security

In order to keep Kids LIFE a safe and secure environment for children, the following security measures are always in effect:

  1. Volunteers at the doors of each classroom will make sure that the parent/adult listed on the check-in/out sheet has signed in the child and initialed for the child to be released. This happens every time a parent checks a child in or out of the classroom.

  2. No adult is allowed to work in an environment without a completed application and reference check, and appropriate training. A name tag with a volunteer's full name and picture are worn to signify trusted adults in our ministry.

  3. Guests need to wear a name tag indicating that they are a guest, should they choose to stay in the classroom with their children.

  4. Every classroom or environment will have two adults present at all times. We call this the “Two Adult Rule.” No adult is to ever be alone with a child.

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Ministry Director

Kira Buser

Kira began serving in New Hope children's ministry in college, but moved to Oklahoma City after graduating with a degree in Elementary Education at Kansas State. Her family moved back to Manhattan in the Fall of 2011, where Kira began helping in Kids LIFE once again. She became Director in the Spring of 2016. She is married to her husband, Brad, and they have four children. 

Kira is passionate about partnering with families for the purpose of helping children come into a saving knowledge of Christ, and then becoming active disciples, discovering the joy that can only be found in relationship with Him.

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